Editorial: Mushore’s arrest – a chilling signal

The arrest of prominent banker James Mushore last week sends a chilling warning to all Zimbabweans who might have been thinking that Reserve Bank Governor, Gideon Gono, was sincere in his recent pronouncement that he wanted all Zimbabweans, particularly businessmen, who had fled Zimbabwe to come back and help re-build the country.

Gono promised that he would arrange immunity from prosecution, particularly for those who had previously been accused of externalising foreign currency. How does he then explain Mushore’s arrest?  

We must hasten to point out that the many bankers and other businessmen persecuted by the Mugabe regime for this ‘crime’ – externalising foreign currency – are not criminals. They simply do what bankers are supposed to do, i.e. move money around to the best advantage of their customers. Anywhere else in the world they would be receiving accolades for having made astute business decisions and acted strategically on behalf of their clients.

Only in Zimbabwe, because of its skewed economic policies and rampant thievocracy, are they regarded as criminal. And only those who do not support the Mugabe regime are thus branded.  Everybody doing it on behalf of the ruling party, from the Reserve Bank Governor himself down through the ranks, is of course regarded as completely blameless.

Mushore’s arrest makes it difficult for others who might have been planning to return and play a role in re-building our shattered economy to take the governor at his word. Or indeed to take the Zimbabwean government seriously. Do they want these bankers to come back home or not? Do they want Zimbabweans to come and rebuild their nation or not?

Daily News bombers

On the front page this week we carry a story of the bombing of The Daily News. The perpetrators have never been arrested for this crime.  From the documents in our possession it appears that the police never undertook any serious investigation into this matter. It was obviously made very clear to them right at the outset that they should not take any action to find out who was involved in this crime.

Our story names the culprits and that should be a starting point for the police if they are serious about investigating the matter at all. This is a golden opportunity for Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi to prove his statement from last week that the police will investigate any criminal acts without fear or favour.  We will gladly cooperate with any police investigation to bring the culprits to book.

Word 43

“To whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared? Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it. They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Thought one cries out to it, it does not answer; it cannot save him from his troubles. Remember this, fix it in mind, take it to heart … I am God, and there is none other … I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” Isaiah 46; 5 – 10

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